Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Review

4.5
July 8, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

TYPE

Type Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR

Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 13.1 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Colour filter Primary colour filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter

RECORDING SYSTEM

Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21), RAW, DPOF compatible / Still Image with Audio: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.21) + QuickTime / Motion Image: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File size(Pixels)
Still Image [4:3] 4000 x 3000(L), 2816 x 2112(M), 2048 x 1536(S) / [3:2] 4000 x 2672(L), 2816 x 1880(M), 2048 x 1360(S) / [16:9] 4000 x 2248(L), 2816 x 1584(M), 1920 x 1080(S) / [1:1] 2992 x 2992(L), 2112 x 2112(M), 1504 x 1504(S)
Motion Image (Motion JPEG) [4:3] VGA : 640 x 480, 30fps / QVGA : 320 x 240, 30fps / [16:9] WVGA : 848 x 480, 30fps / [HD] 1280 x 720, 30fps
Motion Image (AVCHD Lite: NTSC) [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30fps)(SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps)
Motion Image (AVCHD Lite: PAL) [HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25fps)(SH: 17Mbps, H: 13Mbps, L: 9Mbps)
Continuous recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 180 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 160 min with H-FS045200 / Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 180 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 160 min with H-FS045200
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 100 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 90 min with H-FS045200 / Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 100 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 90 min with H-FS045200

VIEWFINDER

Type Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent)
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Eye point Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment -4.0 ~ +4.0 m-1
Auto eye sensor yes

FOCUS

Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS/AFC/MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Touch (1- area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing)
AF detective range EV 0-18 (F3.5 lens, ISO 100)
AF assist lamp yes
AF lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFS mode
Others Touch shutter, Pre AF(Quick AF/Continuous AF), Touch MF Assist(5x, 10x)

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple/Center Weighted/Spot
Metering range EV 0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / Intelligent ISO
Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±3EV
AE lock AF/AE LOCK button or Shutter button halfway pressed
AE bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±2 EV

WHITE BALANCE

White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis

SHUTTER SYSTEM

Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 4minutes)
Self timer 2sec / 10sec / 10sec, 3 images
Remote control Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)

SCENE MODE

Still Image SCN mode Portrait (Normal/Soft Skin/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative) / Scenery (Normal/Nature/Architecture/Creative) / Sports (Normal/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative) / / Close-up(Flower/Food/Objects/Creative) / Night Portrait (Night Portrait/Night Scenery/Illuminations/Creative) / SCN (Sunset/Party/Baby 1,2/Pet/Peripheral Defocus)
Movie SCN mode Portrait (Normal/Soft Skin/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative) / Scenery (Normal/Nature/Architecture/Creative) / Sports (Normal/Outdoor/Indoor/Creative) / Close-up (Flower/Food/Objects/Creative) / Low-light / SCN (Sunset/Party/Portrait) / (Activated by selecting Still Image SCN mode then pressing Motion picture Button. Still Image SCN mode without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in Normal mode or other related mode.)

BURST SHOOTING

Burst speed H: 3.2 frames/sec, M: 2.6 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (With Live View)
Number of recordable images 7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) / Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) / (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)

BUILT-IN-FLASH

Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN11 equivalent (ISO 100 ?m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV Step ±2EV
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Hot shoe TTL Auto with FL220/FL360/FL500(Optional)

LCD MONITOR

Type Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size Free-angle 3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels 460K dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Color (7 levels)
LCD mode Off / Auto Power LCD / Power LCD

LIVE VIEW

Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra optical zoom Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.) / Motion image: 3.1x (SH/H/L in AVCHD Lite and HD/WVGA in Motion JPEG), 4.2x (VGA/QVGA in Motion JPEG)
Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram

FILM MODE

Colour Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Nostalgic / Vibrant
Black and white Standard / Dynamic / Smooth
Others My Film1 / My Film2 / Multi Film

PLAYBACK

Playback mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slide show, Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/Motion Picture/Category/Favorite), / Favorite, Title Edit, Text Stamp, Resize, Cropping, Aspect Conversion, Rotate, Rotate Display, Print Set, Protect, Face recognition Edit

IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE

Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite

PRINT

Direct Print PictBridge compatible?Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable ?

INTERFACE

USB USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI miniHDMI TypeC / Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p (576p in PAL system) / Audio: Stereo / Monaural
Audio video output Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL
Remote / External microphone input φ2.5mm. stereo mini jack
Built-in microphone Monaural, Wind-cut: Off / Low / Standard / High
Speaker yes

LANGUAGE

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

GENERAL

Colour Black
Power
Battery ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1250mAh) (Included) / Battery Charger/AC Adapter (Input: 110-240V AC, DC Cable is required)
Battery life CIPA standard: Approx. 360 images (LCD), Approx. 390 images (LVF) with H-FS014042 Approx. 340 images (LCD), Approx. 370 images (LVF) with H-FS045200
Dimensions (W x H x D) 124 x 83.6 x 74mm / 4.88 x 3.29 x 2.91 in (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 593g / 20.92 oz ?SD card, Battery, 14-42mm lens included) / Approx. 371g / 13.09 oz ?Body only?
Operating Environment
Operating temperature 0? to 40? (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10% to 80?
Standard Accessories
Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1 SE / QuickTimeTM / USB Driver
Standard accessories Battery Charger/AC Adapter / Battery Pack / Body Cap / AV Cable / USB Connection Cable / AC Cable / Shoulder Strap / Stylus pen / CD-ROM

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1

Lens Name LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.
Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups (1 Aspherical lens)
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer yes
Focal Length f=14mm to 42mm (35mm camera equivalent 28mm to 84mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(Tele)
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.3m / 1ft
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.16x / 0.32x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 75°(W)?29°(T)
General
Filter Size φ52mm / 2.05 in
Max. Diameter φ60.6mm / 2.39 in
Overall Length Approx. 63.6mm / 2.50 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight [g] Approx. 165g
Weight [oz] Approx. 5.82oz
Standard Accessories Lens Cap / Lens Hood / Lens Rear Cap / Lens Storage Bag

Further Specifications

MY COLOR MODE Expressive/Retro/Pure/Elegant/Monochrome/Dynamic Art/Silhouette/Custom(Color/Brightness/Saturation/ adjustable)

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